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DFLT Executive Director stepping down to serve in new role with Audubon Society

3/30/16

NORTH VALLEY – Desert Foothills Land Trust has announced the resignation of executive director Sonia Perillo. Perillo is leaving to pursue a new position as vice president and executive director of Audubon Arizona with the National Audubon Society. She will also assist the Land Trust on a temporary basis to complete work on the Land Trust's fundraising event Sonoran Stars, on April 23.

Perillo joined the Land Trust in 2009, helping the organization successfully navigate the economic recession and advancing local land conservation through new land protection projects. These included the protection of Carefree Heritage Preserve, as well as Cave Creek Wash Preserve – the Land Trust’s ninth land protection project along the wash.

Additionally, she was instrumental in focusing renewed energy on connecting people to land, adding Desert Discovery Day and other community events and activities to the Land Trust’s programs. She has also led the Land Trust’s role in a number of collaborative efforts, including establishing a network of Arizona land trusts. She was named to the national Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council in 2012, and has continued to serve in that role since.

“Desert Foothills Land Trust has had the good fortune to have worked with Sonia for more than six years,” said Richard Burns, chairman of the board. “Her experience and passion were instrumental in developing the Land Trust into a professional community organization. She will be missed, but we wish her well in her new role, and thank her for her leadership and devotion to this work.”

“The Land Trust is stable and strong, with a board of wonderful leaders, a professional and experienced staff, and incredible community support. I am grateful for the remarkable experiences I’ve had with the Land Trust, and the relationships I’ve built in my time here. I know the organization is in good hands, and I feel confident the Land Trust will continue to do great conservation work for the community,” said Perillo.

The board will be initiating a search for a new executive director shortly. Details about the search will be posted on the DFLT Web site: www.dflt.org.